VIOLENT incidents in Scotland’s public sector have rocketed, a union warned today.

In its annual report on violence at work, Unison, which represents tens of thousands of workers across the country’s public services, has noted a shocking 31 per cent increase in cases.

The statistics show the numbers of violent incidents against workers soaring by 12,931 to 54,684 in 2022-23.

About two-thirds of those attacks happened in councils, and between 80 and 98 per cent of incidents in each council happened in schools and nurseries.

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